Benefits of Beets
roots and leaves of the beet have been used in folk medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments. Ancient Romans used beetroot
as a treatment for fevers and constipation, amongst other ailments. Apicius in De re coquinaria
gives five recipes for soups to be given as a laxative, three of which feature the root of beet. Hippocrates
advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for wounds. Since Roman times, beetroot juice has been considered an aphrodisiac. From the Middle Ages, beetroot was used as a treatment
for a variety of conditions, especially illnesses relating to digestion and the blood. Platina recommended taking beetroot
with garlic to nullify the effects of 'garlic-breath'.
It has been suggested the pigment molecule betanin in the root of red beets may protect against oxidative stress
and has been used for this purpose in Europe for centuries, though it is not known if the effect is meaningful in the human
All parts of the beet plant contain oxalic
acid. Beet greens and Swiss Chard are both considered high Oxalate foods which have been implicated on the formation
of kidney stones.